As the weather cools, the fishing heats up

October 26, 2018 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — The weather may be cooling but the fishing is heating up.

That’s the word from Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City.

“The fishing along the Colorado River is going fantastic,” Braun said in this week’s assessment of conditions and results. “The striper bite below Davis Dam is on fire.”

Anglers looking for monsters may be disappointed, but if quantity is the priority, cast a line, he said.

“Mostly in the 1-pound range, which is great for the dinner table,” Braun said. “I have been hearing about a few in the larger size, mostly in the casino row area. The smaller fish have been getting to your bait first, but anglers using lures have been getting some in the 5- to 9-pound range.”

Steve Baird and Tom Gallant hooked into a bunch of stripers during a recent outing.

“They were using anchovies and catching a fish with each cast,” Braun said. “They did release a bunch but kept the ones that were injured due to swallowing the hook.

“The good news is they filet out easily and are a great size for the frying pan.”

The trout bite is “steady,” according to Braun.

“Anglers are getting some nice-sized rainbows,” he said. “These larger fish are a bit picky so you will have to mix it up and use your full arsenal to find out what is working the best.”

Lake Mohave is “slow” for stripers but “there has been some action in and around the coves near the power lines,” Braun said. “The smallmouth bass are best found on the shelves near the dam and have been running in the 3-pound range with some a bit larger.”

Braun said bass fishing is popular on the lake right now not only because of the action but also because there are no size requirements.

“Up on the lake, there is no size limit for largemouth or smallmouth bass. The limit is six,” Braun said. “Below Davis Dam, the size limit is 13 inches and a limit of six.”

Braun hasn’t heard much news from Topock Marsh — at least not about fishing, he said.

“I have heard that the duck season is producing a few this time of year in that area,” Braun said.

If you are having any success or just want to share a fish story, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or give him a call at 928-763-8550.